A fine Roman Amber Bead Pendant
ca. 1st - 2nd century CE
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Amber was highly regarded by the ancients for healing, and its power was used to treat all sorts of maladies from fever to leg pain. It has been portrayed as drops of the sun, tears of the gods, hardened honey, and sunlight solidified, and is as desired today as it was in the ancient cultures, utilized as far back as the Stone Age for its pleasing warmth of color, value in adornment, and its magical and medicinal properties. This beautifully warm example was hand-carved into an ovoid bead with flat sides and a large horizontal drill hole. It is strung on an 18K adjustable gold chain.
Dimensions: Length: .75 inches (2 cm) strung on an 18" adjustable gold chain of 18K gold.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition. An exceptional example.
Provenance: Private collection of Lady Gloria Dale (1922 - 2013 ), Lady Gloria Dale, artist, British crafts patron, and wife of the late Sir William Dale, died December 18th in a hospice in Hampstead, London. She was 91. She and Sir William, a leading British Commonwealth lawyer and instructor in legislative drafting and international law, married in 1966. Lady Dale, who resided in Lincoln"s Inn for the past 20 years, began a crafts career in her late 20s in Washington DC where she first made award-winning, artist-designed hand-tufted rugs that were exhibited in America (including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City), Italy and England during the 1960s. After she and Sir William returned to London from eight years of living in Beirut Lebanon in the early 1970s, she began to design jewelry using antique beads she collected throughout the Middle East. She later donated a collection of those antique beads to the British Museum.